AU Republic acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.
Flag designs retain the traditional blue background and white star elements representing our colonial past and current (non-indigenous) national identity.
The blue background and white stars represent Australia’s colonial roots and current national (non-indigenous) identity. They provide continuity from the old to the new. The Federation star has been relocated to the Canton position (top left) which was formally occupied by the Union Jack. In vexillology, the Canton position is regarded as a place of honour on a flag. The implication is that Australians should show allegiance to their own before any foreign power. The Southern Cross has been retained due to its iconic status in Australian culture.
The red and yellow bands have been added to create a flag which is inclusive of and gives due acknowledgement and respect to the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia. The red and yellow bands have the same symbolism as the red band and yellow sun of the Aboriginal flag. The yellow represents the sun, the giver of life and protector. The red represents the red earth, red ochre is used in Aboriginal ceremonies as a spiritual connection to the land.
It is my intention that these flag designs should represent those Australians who believe that as a nation we can be better, that we can lead the way in creating a more progressive society that will continue to champion the ideals of freedom, fairness, justice and tolerance.
My designs are NOT intended to represent the racists, the xenophobes, the bigots and all those that push the politics of hate and division. My designs do not represent those that believe that our only relevant history is our white colonial history (as shameful as that is) or that Aboriginal Australians should ‘just get over it’. Neither does it represent those that believe that we can never change our flag simply because it was the national flag during times in which our country was involved in armed military conflict.
Design Notes: Adding to the original Design 1, I have included three concentric dot rings overlaying the red and yellow bands and fading toward the Fed Star. I think the addition adds to the design aesthetics giving it a more modern look and feel. The concentric dot rings are an adaptation of the Aboriginal symbol for campsite. Symbolically the rings reinforce the idea of unity and common purpose.